Lisa, welcome to the blog! We’re thrilled to have you here.
I first met Lisa at a writer’s conference earlier this year. Her classes encouraged and motivated me, and she’s an all around champion writer. I encourage you to check out her work.
Let’s jump straight into the interview!
What was the highlight of writing this book?
It’s been a few years since my last romantic suspense novel came out. Most of my suspense books are either set in the South or have transplanted Southerners as main characters. This novel, set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, has a very Southern Gothic feel. I was able to travel to this region during the research phase of the project. The fictional crimes were based on a cold case murder from the 1970s, which took place in this area. On my research trip, it was amazing how God brought unexpected and unplanned encounters with the very people and information I needed for the storyline. Including a “chance” meeting a person intimately connected to the real-life cold case. Just thinking about it still brings goosebumps. Such God-moments are always humbling and inspiring to me as a writer.
Are you working on your next book already? What can you tell us?
I am on deadline for #7 in my Matchmaker contemporary romance series with Love Inspired. Each of the books are stand-alone, although certain characters may make “cameo” appearances so that readers can catch up with what’s going on in their lives post-HEA. The series is set in a fictional small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where three meddlesome but well-meaning old women take the town motto—Truelove, North Carolina Where True Love Awaits—a little too seriously. Miss GeorgeAnne, Miss ErmaJean and Miss IdaLee (in the South, Miss is a term of respect used for any older woman regardless if single, married, divorced or widowed) are determined to help everyone else find their happily-ever-after. Whether the couple of their matrimonial machinations want them to or not! It’s a fun, quirky series. Readers often tell me they wish they lived in Truelove. One single lady even told me she wished the matchmakers would find her a match.
What authors would you say influence your writing?
I grew up reading Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense set in exotic locations all around the world. As a writer, I’ve been most heavily influenced by Catherine Palmer, Tony Hillerman and Margaret Maron.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Writers were readers first, therefore when I’m not on deadline I read a lot in a variety of genres. I have a travel addiction—let’s just call it “research” for future story ideas. J I’m also passionate about gardening and spending time with family.
When did you write your first book? Is that first one published?
I wrote my first book, Carolina Reckoning, in 2009. It became my first published novel. Eleven years and twenty-seven books later, my writing life has been a whirlwind of adventure.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Due to shorter word counts, I usually have about three to four months to write my contemporary romance novels. For the longer romantic suspense books, I’d love 8 months, but I don’t always get that luxury.
Do you write in one genre or several?
I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. And I also have four historical novellas out.
What genre would you choose to write that you don’t already?
Currently, I’m reading a lot of historical mysteries. I’d love to try my hand at one of those.
About the book:
Title: The Sound of Falling Leaves
Author: Lisa Carter
Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense
Release Date: October 20, 2020
After aspiring opera singer Tessa loses her voice in a fire, she needs both a place to heal and a way to keep music in her life. She retreats to her aunt’s apple orchard in rural North Carolina to collect folk ballads. But amid the autumn splendor of this isolated Appalachian community, she uncovers an unnerving connection between a murder case and a long-ago disappearance. Tessa gets a glimpse into an almost-forgotten world, encounters a corrupt, small-town political dynasty, and finds superstition and prejudice at every turn.
She’s also drawn to Zeke, the handsome but enigmatic orchard caretaker, who shows her that mountain justice is neither impartial nor just. But battling a conspiracy of silence, Tessa isn’t sure if she can trust him. Yet somewhere in the mists of the Blue Ridge Mountains, evil lurks, and a killer is determined to keep the past where it belongs–dead and buried.
Book Link— https://amzn.to/2EUTg51
Bio— Multi-published, Daphne and Carol-award winning author Lisa Carter likes to describe her romantic suspense novels as “Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder.” Her latest suspense novel, The Sound of Falling Leaves, releases today. In addition, she writes contemporary romance with Love Inspired, the popular Matchmaker series, set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Lisa enjoys traveling and researching her next fictional adventure. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. In the interests of full disclosure, she’s also the kind of person who licks the icing off the cupcake first. Just so you know.